Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 Preview

Panasonic's new ZS-series flagship, the DMC-ZS50, is a premium compact camera with a 12.1MP High Sensitivity MOS image sensor and 30x optical zoom lens. If you need further reach, 60x Digital Zoom is available too (editor's note: but reduces overall image quality).

The ZS50 is capable of recording Full 1080p HD video at an ultra-smooth 60p (60 progressive frames-per-second) that takes full advantage of the camera's advanced HYBRID O.I.S.+ (Hybrid Optical Image Stabilization Plus) 5-axis system. In other words, your videos are going to be a shake-free as possible, particularly important with such a long telephoto lens. And, there's a great Level Shot function for ensuring accurate horizons.

This camera features two displays, a traditional 3.0-inch LCD as well as a 0.2-inch Live View Finder with a 1,166K resolution. Along with RAW image capture, the ZS50 utilizes a 240fps Auto Focus (AF) sensor drive to focus in a split second so you never miss a vital shot.

The ZS50 boasts NFC, QR Code, and Wi-Fi technologies, which allow you to connect it to a smartphone or tablet, effectively turning those devices into remote controls (access settings, take a picture, start recording, etc.) or remote viewfinders (see what your camera is shooting when it's not even in your hand).

Finally, the ZS50 offers 15 Filter Effects are available while using Creative Control (apply as a preview before taking a picture) or Creative Retouch (apply to an already-taken photo). Creative Panorama allows you to take ultra wide or ultra tall panoramas underwater and above. And Time Lapse Shot helps users compress minutes, hours, or even days... into seconds of breathtaking video. There's even a Jump Shot function, which uses the camera's internal accelerometer to gage when the user has reached the apex of a jump, and take a picture at that precise moment.

Panasonic LUMIX ZS50 Features
  • 30x Optical Zoom
    • 60x Intelligent Zoom
    • 24mm wide-angle LEICA lens
  • 12.1MP High Sensitivity MOS sensor
  • 1,166k-dot LVF with eye-sensor
  • 240fps AF (Auto Focus) drive & Lightning AF
  • Full 1080p HD Video @ 60p
  • HYBRID O.I.S.+
  • Level Shot Function
  • RAW
  • 15 Filter Effects
  • Jump Shot
  • Time-lapse Shot
  • Wi-Fi
  • NFC
  • QR Code

Pricing and availability for the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 have yet to be announced.

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